Katie Gustafson was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. Her father played a key part in the formation of what was then known as Hosanna! Integrity Music, and Katie found herself constantly surrounded by all things worship. She became immersed in new songs that were being written around her and grew accustomed to worship leaders being in and out of the house, as well as travelling with her dad for conferences and speaking engagements.
In high school, her family made the move to Nashville and she became more and more involved with leading worship and singing. Her first ‘gig’ was at a Christian camp called JH Ranch in N. California, where she led worship with Aaron Keyes.
Yet it was not until she was in graduate school studying counselling and psychology that she started writing her own songs and recording them.
"My brother-in-law and producer John Hartley forced me to write all my own songs which was an interesting, frustrating process. But I embraced it, fumbling around cluelessly on guitar and spending countless hours digging deep for lyrics. I am eternally grateful for it.” Katie’s heart for worship and the Church reflect her own journey of healing and growing intimacy with Jesus, coming to know and believe God's goodness and desire for relationship with His children.
Katie's digital album - Introducing Katie Gustafson - is a collection of seven songs that came out of a season of growing desperation for that intimacy of crying out for more and of letting go. Katie still lives in Nashville where she leads worship at churches and conferences locally and beyond.